Todd Bates' Client Referrals

I have worked with Todd Bates, from Remax in Marina Vallarta, both as a seller and a buyer.  I found him to be very attentive to my needs, extremely detailed, precise with the paperwork and knowledgeable in Mexican law.  He is also fluent in Spanish which of course was most helpful when dealing with the notarios, banks, and everything in general.   He was very respectful of my time and my home.  When problems were encountered, through no fault of his own, in the sale of my home, he went beyond what would be expected from a realtor.  He has continued to be helpful a year after the purchase of my new home, when I have had various questions regarding taxes and deeds.  He is always pleasant and timely in his responses.  I would highly recommend Todd Bates and Remax if you are looking for a realtor.


Todd Bates and his team recently completed a real estate sale for us in Bucerias, Nayarit.  The sale of the property and the closing were done professionally and in a timely manner.  His team answered all of our questions that we had regarding Mexican law and collected all of the documents necessary for the closing.

There were no "last minute" issues that so often arise and real estate closings.  Both us, the sellers, and the buyers came away from the experience with good feelings and complete satisfaction.

We are pleased to recommend Todd for any of your real estate needs in the Puerto Vallarta area.

J.D. and Rita Turner

We recently purchased a vacation home in Mexico, and were substantially assisted by Todd Bates. Todd was a useful contact throughout the entire closing transaction, and was extremely valuable in ensuring all the necessary documents were obtained and contacts made.  Todd excelled at keeping us immediately apprised at every step of the transaction, and went “above and beyond” in successfully closing the deal, on time.  We would heartily recommend Todd to anyone looking to purchase a home in Mexico.

Charlene & Gary

We are pleased to provide this recommendation letter for your files.  Since we are American citizens and were involved in a finance situation in the country of Mexico, which evolved into a  lawsuit filed in Mexico and the Mexican courts eventually awarding us a judgment in favor of real estate located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and we’re certainly thankful we met you.

It was somewhat ironic that  when we  realized our predicament was going to be a very involved situation early on, my secretary, a former real estate agent in the U.S.A., googled Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Real Estate agents, and your name appeared along with your reputable company name and the website advised you spoke fluent English, so that’s how our relationship began.

Over the next three plus years, our email relationship evolved into a myriad of phone calls and we compliment you for responding to every email and phone call, immediately (even nights and weekends).  There were no delays and you even went above and beyond by providing us with  information whenever necessary and communicated with our Mexican attorney,  clarifying many details for us since the language barrier was on our part (being English speaking only).

We absolutely, unequivocally, unhesitatingly recommend you to any and all people seeking an honest, competent, bi-lingual, efficient, knowledgeable real estate expert for their property needs.   In fact, we go further and state we trust you completely and if the opportunity ever arises again, we will seek you out first and foremost.
Very truly yours,

David A Stone and Louise A Janitch

We first started dealing with Todd in August, 2008 through e-mail when we were interested in purchasing down in Puerto Vallarta. He was referred to us by a Travel agent acquaintance I was dealing with at the time.

We didn’t know Todd but through the months leading up to actually meeting him in January 2009 we went through dozens of e-mails back and forth and he was very attentive to all our questions. Whenever I would e-mail Todd he was always quick to respond and he was a wealth of information on purchasing in the Puerto Vallarta area.

When we did get together in January 2009 he was always at our disposal to show us places we wanted to see and what he thought we might want to see in our price range.

Our process together took almost two years and two holidays before Gina and I were ready to buy and throughout the two years Todd has always been professional and courteous and I’d also like to say patient.

When Gina and I finally made a decision in March 2010 to purchase our condo in LaCruz, Todd helped us through the process of what needed to happen to complete the deal even though we were at home here in Kelowna, BC.

We’ve done everything while here in Kelowna, BC i.e. signed contract to purchase, Notary and our FM3 forms.

We take possession of our brand new condo on November 19, 2010!

I would have no problem in referring Todd to family, friends and acquaintances and have done so. Todd is professional, knowledgeable, trustworthy, friendly and most of all he was there when we needed him!

Randy & Gina MacMurchy

Todd Bates at Re/Max Realty in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has represented our interests for two years while we have looked extensively for a home around Banderas Bay.  He never tired of showing us different areas and projects, and listened carefully to what we liked and didn’t like.  Eventually, we found the ideal situation for our new home and Todd very capably negotiated with the builder of our new condominium for a very favourable price, and some excellent terms and conditions in our favour.  As happens in most parts of the world when building a new building there are many unexpected things come to light.  Todd was there for us to guide us through some difficult legal and pricing negotiations as we came near occupancy.

Again, in most parts of the world it is a challenge to find a good and reputable real estate agent, and Mexico is no exception.  We consider ourselves fortunate to have had Todd Bates representing our interests, and highly recommend him to you as well.
Best regards,

Ian and Catherine McFarlane

My husband and I had the pleasure of dealing with Mr. Todd Bates when we decided to sell our Mexican property.  When we think of Todd, we think integrity, honesty and dedication.  Dealing from out of the country and in a different language were issues that had us concerned until I read the bio for Mr. Bates – in it he sounded honest and sincere and the one comment that stuck me was “treat everyone that way I would treat my mother”. 

As soon as I spoke to him on the phone, I knew that I had nothing to worry about - here was a man we could trust.  Over the next weeks and indeed until the successful conclusion of our business my first impression was proven correct repeatedly as he worked tirelessly on our behalf.  Todd is knowledgeable about his market and is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Both my husband and I have no hesitation in recommending this man to anyone that is interested in buying or selling property through him.  We wish him success in all his ventures.

James and Deborah Leslie

Maru Michel Client Referrals

I was fortunate on my last trip to Puerto Vallarta to have been connected with Maru Michel....I have been coming to PV for 15 years 4-5 times a year for about 2 weeks each trip....I had been looking for an apartment for about a year with NO luck ...I had been connected to other real estate personnel only to find out they were more interested in the commission than they were in helping me find what I needed and wanted ...after looking at 47 apartments I was finally introduced to Maru....not only did she find the perfect place but she represented my interests well and I was able to rent the apartment that I have been looking for...the perfect place for the right price in the best location with a wonderful owner/landlord....Maru is not on charming, funny,warm and real but she is intelligent, knowledgeable and a true professional who follows thru and can be trusted....I have owned 5 homes and condos and rented other places in my life but have never worked with anyone who did the job like Maru....she is the ultimate Puerto Vallarta property connection matter what AllState says.... you couldn't be in better hands than Maru's.

Phil Sims

Angie Ahumada Client Referrals

It is with great pleasure that I provide this letter of recommendation for Angelica Ahumada. I originally met Angie when she was a top time share salesperson for Vacation International at their resort in Puerto Vallarta. Having managed dozens of sales people in my own company over a number of years, it was clear to me that Angie was a real professional and a breath of fresh air within her industry.

In more recent years I have worked with Angie to develop a business model for her salon. I found her to be very intuitive and totally committed to her customers.  She frequently went above and beyond to insure fairness and client satisfaction.

In her new venture to provide professional services to both companies and individuals, there is absolutely no doubt that she will again go above and beyond in serving these clients as well. Angie has worked with people of many nationalities, in many capacities, throughout her professional career. Through these experiences, she has developed a sensibility of how business should be conducted from their perspective, as compared to how it might be conducted in her native country.

Finally, I believe without any doubt that Angie will treat her clients with complete honesty. Anyone conducting business with her can have complete trust that she possesses the initiative, contacts and the skills required, to successfully complete the project.

Keenan Longcor

I have to say that we have been very fortunate and maybe somewhat lucky in our dealings here in Puerto Vallarta when it comes to booking an apartment for snow-birding.

Our first three bookings went very well going from 2 months to 3 and then to 5.  When we became aware that our apartment was no longer available to us for 5 months, we had to find another.  After unsuccessfully trying to negotiate an apartment with an agent recommended to us, that just did not reply, we discovered Angie Ahumada at your office.

What a breath of fresh air! We went to see the condo at 10 AM, we had a contract by 2 PM to review, and then have a contract signed by the owner and ready for us to sign by 5 PM.

As a result of this booking and meeting Angie's associate, Elba Padilla, we are now in our second 5 month rental here.  The service by Elba has been nothing short of amazing.  We rebooked yesterday for next winter with Elba, not even 2 weeks in to our arrival here.

With the recent situation last and this year with 2 disreputable agents, we appreciate more than ever dealing with you and your staff, an honest reputable agency.

Garry and Anne Hershberg